The Art of Messing Up



I was talking to a friend about making larger work verses working in my sketchbook or doing small watercolors.  She asked me if it’s more stressful and if I worried more about messing up when doing larger work.

Thinking about it, I understand where she is coming from.  A lot of people worry about what is going to come out when they paint or draw.  They say “I can’t even draw a stick figure.”  or “I don’t know what to paint.”  The trouble with being an adult and doing something you’re not used to is that you worry that you are going to do something wrong.  But with art, you have the opportunity to do something just for the sake of doing it.  If you can learn to enjoy the process nothing is wrong or right.  It’s just taking you on the path to where you are going. 


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